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27th March

 

The Servant of God Archangela Tardera

 

Virgin, Third Order

Archangela was the daughter of the pious physician Peter Tardera of Piazza, on the island of Sicily where the Third Order of St Francis was much admired and respected. To demonstrate their regard for it Archangela’s parents (though they themselves were as yet not Tertiaries) dressed their seven year old daughter in the grey garment that the Tertiaries wore in public.

Arcnangela had never been a good child but from then onwards she began to lead the life of a true religious practicing various acts of self-denial, being the essence of humility and by her conduct in church enriching all who observed her.

Archangela’s father died when she was just seventeen years old and together with her mother she entered the Third Order followed soon afterwards by her sister Laura. By their devout lives they edified the whole town, Archangela being the one to give the example.

Not only was she remembered as the Mother of orphans but also possessed a certain talent in reconciling married couples. Archangela had a chapel in her home where the afflicted and sorrowing could assemble in common prayer with the pious members of the household and with the advice usually received there from Archangela invariably produced peace of heart in those who attended.

Archangela drew strength through intimate communion with God and sometimes, as she was ecstatic in prayer she would be granted the same gift that was granted to our Father St. Francis – the Lord Jesus would appear to her as a new-born child in his crib and even allow her to embrace him.

As gold is tried in the furnace the servant of God was also tested through tribulations.  Archangela was seized by a succession of severe illnesses that withered her limbs, her entire body was in torture and her heart palpitations distressed her. Even though these sufferings persisted for thirty-six years she bore them patiently and in devout remembrance of the Passion of Christ.

At the end of her life our Lord impressed the stigmata on her body, Archangela concealed these wounds from all but a few though after death they and the marks of scourging were detected on her body.

Amid all these tortures Archangela spoke nothing except of the sweet love of God; foretelling the day of her death, the day finally came when this tried soul was led into the glory of her Lord. She was aged sixty.

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer of the Church

(No. 28 under " Various Prayers")

 

O God, who by the patience of Thine only-begotten son hast

crushed the pride of the old enemy: give unto us, we beseech

Thee, ever to be devoted to what He lovingly endured for us, and

thus, after His example, to bear with serene mind the troubles

which come upon us.

Through the same Christ Our Lord Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen

 

 

Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

 

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